These rules are for reference only, for “Official CSPL Rules”, please refer to rules as handed out in team package. For SPN rules refer to the current Slo-Pitch National 2020 Rulebook.
New Rules for SPN (ONTARIO) 2020(as per SPN rule changes)
Coed 6 Males + 4 Females
Coed playing field a defensive line of arc of 175 feet from home plate-mat shall be used.
No outfielder (minimum of 4), (3) on an injury is allowed in front of this line until the ball is hit. If this is violated the offensive team has the option of taking the result of the play or an award of 1 base to the batter and all runners.
No outfielder may make a force out on the batter/base runner at first base. A batter is out and ejected if he/she enters the batter’s box with a non-approved/illegal bat; the coach or manager is also ejected.
A few wording changes on the commitment line; (if you touch the commitment line with any part of your body
CSPL will adhere to the 2020 SPN Bat Rule as stipulated by Slo-Pitch National.
SPN & CSPL play in 2020;
A batter is out and ejected if he/she enters the batter’s box with a non-approved/illegal bat; the coach or manager is also ejected;
Minimum age is EIGHTEEN (18) as of MAY 1, 2020
Last date for Player Registration (Received at CSPL office by): JULY 8, 2020
All players must be in uniform (Matching tops, matching pants optional): June 16, 2020
MASTERS AGE +35:
Player MUST turn 35 years of age, on or before DECEMBER 31, 2019
The ONLY ball to be used in League play YELLOW WORTH 12″ HOT
CSPL 2020 League Rules of Play
A: All rules/principals not specifically addressed in the following rules and amendments will be as specified in: SLO-PITCH NATIONAL ASSOCIATION: SLO-PITCH RULE BOOK
B: Any situation/incidents, etc. not covered will be decided by the League Executive.
C: Appeals, protests, etc. will be reviewed by the League Executive for further action. Only Team Representatives, Umpires, and Players involved may be in attendance.
D: Rules will not be updated during the course of the season, unless absolutely necessary.
E: Rule additions, changes, deletions, amendments, Constitution/By-Law must be forwarded to the League Executive, in writing, and must have the signed approval/support of at least TWO (2) other Team Representatives.
All games will START WITH A ONE STRIKE AND ONE BALL COUNT ON THE BATTER and will be SEVEN (7) innings, 65 minutes or no NEW inning will start after 1 hour (hour). Once an inning starts it must be completed. TIE games are possible. FOUR (4) complete innings are required for a game (3 1/2, if Home team is ahead). Incomplete games will be re-played from the start…
YOU WILL PLAY “RAIN” or “SHINE” – MUST SHOW-UP.
Umpire(s) will decide if game can be played
GRACE period of TEN (10) MINUTES will be allowed for the FIRST (1st) game, of the evening, ONLY.
ALL SUBSEQUENT games will start on time. Grace period reduces game time. (Bases MUST be placed by GAME (Default) time). Start time of the SECOND (2nd) game of Double-header will be decided by the UMPIRE(s) (usually FIVE (5) minutes), if FIRST game was played. In the case of a default game, the team in default will have THIRTY (30) minutes, (from time of default) or GAME TIME in which to obtain the required minimum number of players, for the SECOND (2nd) game. SECOND (2nd) game will start 30 minutes after the first Default game, or until the DEFAULT team has sufficient players to start a game, whichever comes first. Start times may vary depending on diamond and/or permit times. Check Schedule
WIN– TWO (2) POINTS;
TIE — ONE (1) POINT;
LOSS — ZERO (0) POINTS
LINE-UP: MENS, COED, MASTERS, SENIORS
Each team MUST register at least NINE (9) players in the batting order. You cannot play with less than NINE (9) players.
It is NOT required that all players available to play be listed in the batting order. Players NOT in the STARTING batting order MAY ENTER the game as a SUBSTITUTE or COURTESY RUNNER only. When a player enters the game as a substitute, the RE-ENTRY rule will apply, to the ORIGINAL (STARTING) players ONLY. DOES NOT apply to the SUBSTITUTE. Any ORIGINAL (STARTING) player may be removed from the batting order and replaced by a SUBSTITUTE, and have the right to RE-ENTER the game, ONCE only. The RE-ENTERED player must occupy the same initial position in the batting order. The SUBSTITUTE is removed from the game and may NOT return to the batting order or field, but may be a COURTESY RUNNER. Only players in the batting order may field. Unrestricted substitution of players, in the batting order in the field. Maximum TEN (10) defensive players on the field at any time.RE-ENTRY may only be used in the batting order or in the field. May not be used to extend the number of courtesy runners beyond the maximum. IF A PLAYER IS REMOVED FROM THE BATTING ORDER DUE TO ANY REASON (EXCEPT INJURY) THEN AN AUTOMATIC OUT WILL BE DECLARED IN THE SPOT EACH TIME THE PLAYER IS DUE UP TO BAT.
If you have SIXTEEN (16) players available for play, the batting order may contain any number of players, from NINE (9) to SIXTEEN (16). If you start with THIRTEEN (13) players in the batting order, there are THREE (3) players available as SUBSTITUTES. If you start the game with NINE (9) players, you may NOT increase the batting order to TEN (10) or more, ONCE the FIRST (1st) batter has batted TWICE.
Lineup – Coed: SIX (6) Guys / FOUR (4) Girls, Minimum four (4) girls to play; an AUTOMATIC OUT will be declared in missing F batting order spot; no penalty if batting 5F + 5M. Minimum nine (9) players to play the game. You may start batting with less; Unlimited batting order. Maximum twenty-two (22) players. Maximum ten (10) players in the field at any one time. You must have a minimum of nine (9) players to continue a game; Substitution, in all cases MUST be GUY for GUY, or GIRL for GUY/GIRL. MAXIMUM SIX (6) GUYS on field.
A team MUST have NINE (9) players, in the field to start or continue a game, if HOME, or the game is a FORFEIT (Fine will apply). If VISITOR, you may start to bat with less than NINE (9) players, but if the FIRST (1st) batter is due up before the NINTH (9th) batter is available, a FORFEIT is declared (Fine will apply).
If you do NOT bat around, you MUST have NINE (9) players, to take the field, else a FORFEIT is declared (Fine will apply).
IF BOTH TEAMS DO NOT HAVE AT LEAST NINE (9) PLAYERS, THEN A “DOUBLE DEFAULT” WILL BE DECLARED. (FINE WILL APPLY). UMPIRE(S) WILL NOT OFFICIATE ANY GAME THAT IS NOT AN OFFICIAL C.S.P.L. GAME.
“NOTE ONLY ONE COACH CAN TALK TO UMPIRE ANY ONE ELSE WILL BE EJECTED FROM THE GAMES”. Any player, coach, manager, team representative, etc. who initiates a fight, an incident, an altercation, etc. will be ejected immediately from the game and will be suspended from further League play indefinitely. The Umpire(s) will be required to write a report on each and every ejection(s). Each suspension will be reviewed by the LEAGUE EXECUTIVE to determine the length and type of suspension. The term of the suspension may be up to and including a permanent suspension. Any team using a SUSPENDED player, coach, manager, team representative, etc. in any capacity related to the playing of the game, will forfeit that game and will be assessed further disciplinary action, which may include SUSPENSION and/or FINE. Any ejection from the FIRST game of the doubleheader, also applies to the SECOND game. IF YOU ARE EJECTED FROM THE SECOND GAME OF A DOUBLEHEADER YOU MUST SIT-OUT THE FIRST GAME OF THE NEXT DOUBLEHEADER. THAT PLAYER/S MUST LEAVE THE PARK. Failure to do so will result in that teams forfeit. NOTE THERE ARE NO PLAYER OR TEAM WARNINGS.
THESE PENALTIES ARE TO BE VIEWED AS AN AUTOMATIC RULING AND ARE TREATED AS MINIMUMS.
Will be used in ALL Divisions. (No SLIDING at HOME PLATE. TAGGING IS PERMITTED).
Used in “ALL” Division. ONE (1) piece only. NO “SPLIT/FOLDING” bases allowed, even if joined. Must be in good condition.
A maximum of TWENTY-TWO (22) players may be registered. Minimum age is EIGHTEEN (18) as of MAY 1, 2020. All eligible players MUST complete and sign a RELEASE of LIABILITY & ASSUMPTION of RISK/ROSTER Form BEFORE participating in their FIRST (1st) game. Players may play for ONLY ONE (1) Men’s team, and ONE (1) Men’s Masters Team and ONE (1) COED team.
A copy of the official SPN RELEASE of LIABILITY & ASSUMPTION of RISK/ROSTER form MUST be submitted to the League Executive, before a player may participate, in any C.S.P.L. game. Each team MUST submit form before FIRST (1st) game. Any players signed after FIRST (1st) game up to the deadline, MUST be added to your retained YELLOW copy. Submit form to the League Executive, prior to the player participating in C.S.P.L. League games.
Retain copy for your records.
YOU MAY NOT SUBMIT FORMS TO THE UMPIRE PRIOR TO THE GAME.
A copy of the official SPN RELEASE of LIABILITY & ASSUMPTION of RISK/ROSTER form, MUST be available for inspection, by the umpire, when requested, if there is any doubt concerning a players’ eligibility. Requests will only be acted upon, either before the game starts or at the conclusion of the game, NOT during the game.
BOTH THE TEAM REPRESENTATIVE AND THE UMPIRE. U.I.C. AND THE LEAGUE EXECUTIVE HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO REQUEST THAT ANY PLAYER PRODUCE PROOF OF ELIGIBILITY. ADDITIONAL PROOF MAY BE REQUIRED (i.e. LICENSE, etc.). FAILURE TO PRODUCE THE APPROPRIATE PROOF WOULD RESULT IN THE PLAYER BEING IN-ELIGIBLE FOR THE GAME, IF CHALLENGED PRIOR TO THE START OF THE GAME. ANY PLAYER PARTICIPATING IN A GAME WITHOUT APPROPRIATE PROOF OF REGISTRATION IS AN IN-ELIGIBLE PLAYER; WHICH MEANS YOU LOSE THE GAME AND BOTH THE PLAYER AND TEAM MAY BE SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL DISCIPLINE.
LAST DATE OF PLAYER REGISTRATION: JULY 8, 2014. THE LEAGUE EXECUTIVE WISHES TO CAUTION TEAM REPRESENTATIVES FROM INDISCRIMINATE APPLICATION OF THE PLAYER REGISTRATION RULE. ANY OVER ZEALOUS DEMANDS, UPON PLAYER ELIGIBILITY WILL BE DEALT WITH BY THE LEAGUE EXECUTIVE.
The team designated as HOME, is the first TEAM number listed on the schedule.
The HOME team has the choice of HOME in either the FIRST (1st) or SECOND (2nd) game.
The HOME team is responsible for placing of bases for both games of the double-header.
Bases MUST be of regulation size, and in good condition, not damaged, with pegs; they are to be measured and secured at the proper distance, by game time (up to and including grace).
Any team scheduled to place the bases and NOT able to supply bases will be assessed the
appropriate forfeit fine, even if the game is played with bases supplied by another team.
If bases cannot be obtained, it is the HOME team’s responsibility to get bases before the next game (30 minutes) or forfeit the second game. Bases MUST be placed by Game Time (up to and including Grace period, if allowed). No game be played without Regulation Bases.
IT IS SUGGESTED THAT EACH TEAM “ALWAYS” HAVE AVAILABLE THEIR BASES, IN THE EVENT THAT THE “HOME” TEAM CAN NOT SUPPLY BASES.
Each team MUST supply ONE (1) “NEW” and ONE (1) GOOD “– — USED” ball for ONE of the TWO (2) games of the doubleheader.
Balls will be returned at the end of the game.
WORTH YELLOW 12″ “HOT DOT” Suitability of the balls will be in the Umpire’s judgmen
Each team will be required to post a bond (refundable at the end of the season, if NOT used). A forfeit charge will be deducted from the bond as follows:
MENS: $100.00 per game (2 games);
COED : $50.00 per game (2 games)
Teams with any default penalties or other charges will be required to post additional forfeit bond amounts, as determined by the League Executive, based upon individual circumstances.
Each team is given a copy of the schedule, prior to the start of the season, for the complete season covering regular season and play-offs.
The policy of CSPL is NOT to re-schedule games once the schedule has been distributed.
Teams are given the opportunity to request except dates, by completing a Schedule Consideration form (yellow) prior to the publication of the schedule. Any team unable to play a scheduled game will be given a loss and may be subject to default fine(s). If you are unable to field a team for any reason, you MUST advise the League Executive, at least 36 hours prior to scheduled game TIME AND DATE.
ANTICIPATION STEP is permitted. May leave bag, once ball crosses plate.
MAT WILL BE — — USE FOR BALLS and STRIKES:
THE MAT WILL BE 22″X 40″. THIRD strike FOUL rule is in effect. The batter is OUT.
FENCED PARKS- In all cases, where a field is limited by an outfield fence, in fair territory; a HOME-RUN will be awarded, if a FAIR ball clears the fence, untouched. Any FAIR ball hitting, but NOT clearing the fence will be LIVE and in play and runners may advance at their own risk.
ALL players, coaches, managers, team representatives, etc. while on the field -Matching TOPS must be worn. Matching will be defined as “having the same body colour and shade, and the same sleeve colour and shade”. The BODY and SLEEVE colour do NOT have to be the same. Stripes will NOT be interpreted as a colour and should be ignored, when determining if uniforms match. Players NOT wearing the correct team uniform, as defined above, WILL be permitted to participate in the game, a fine will be assessed to the offending team. Fine will be deducted from the DEFAULT bond. Umpire(s) will report the Team Name and Player Name to League Office when reporting scores.
Each player NOT in uniform will be treated as a separate violation. (THREE players out of uniform mean THREE fines).
UNIFORM FINE will be FIFTEEN ($15.00) each violation. Subsequent or repeat offenders may result in additional penalties, as determined by the League Executive.
UNIFORM DEADLINE…..JUNE 16, 2020
Exceptions: In certain cases, the League Executive recognizes that uniforms may be delayed or cannot be obtained due to size or availability. In these cases, the team representative MUST advise the League Executive, of the specific details of their situation, to obtain an exemption.
IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT EACH TEAM REPRESENTATIVE KEEP ON-HAND, EXTRA UNIFORMS, IN CASE OF EMERGENCIES, TO PREVENT THE ASSESSMENT OF A UNIFORM FINE.
SPN RULE BOOK
6 RUN RULE: ALL DIVISIONS.
IN ALL MENS, COED, MASTERS AND SENIORS, A 6 RUN RULE WILL BE — — USED IN EACH INNING EXCEPT WHEN AN INNING IS DECLARED AN “OPEN-RUN” INNING BY THE UMPIRE.
All Divisions MAXIMUM SEVEN (7) courtesy runners per game anytime,
NO maximum per inning. Each courtesy runner MUST be a different person. No person can be used as a runner more than once per game, except in the case, of “SUBSTITUTE RUNNER” due to an injury, on the play. In this case it MUST be the LAST RUNNER OUT. If last runner OUT is on base, revert to last runner out in sequence. Courtesy runner may be used for a courtesy runner.
“SENIORS DIVISION IS UNLIMITED COURTESY RUNNERS A GAME (NOTE A RUNNER MAY ONLY RUN ONCE PER INNING)”
“2 HOME RUNS PER GAME”
Homerun Rule (which clears a fenced park untouched) per team, per game. All others will be treated as an OUT.
A FIFTY ($50.00) DOLLAR fee must accompany each protest. The protest fee will be refunded, if the protest is upheld. Protests MUST be in WRITING and MUST be received by the League Executive within TWENTY-FOUR (24) HOURS, of the game (working day; excluding Saturday, Sunday and Holidays). UMPIRE and the OPPOSING team MUST be notified, at the time of the protest and both the Umpire and the opposing team MUST sign the game (score) sheet.
All teams MUST show-up at Diamond regardless of weather. If the first series of games is canceled, at least one (1) umpire will remain at the diamond until a representative from each team is present, at which time the umpire will decide on the suitability of play. Umpire(s) have the final decision on the suitability of the field conditions. Failure to show-up will result in a default fine. Do NOT call the League or UIC to determine if games are cancelled Check CSPL Web site up until 4 p.m. You MUST show-up at diamond. If Rain Out on Double Hitters TWO(2)TIES will be awarded to each team. If first game is played and second is rain-out then a split (one point each).
RAIN OUTS WILL NOT BE RESCHEDULED. IF YOUR TEAM IS GOING TO FORFIET THAT NIGHT YOU MUST PHONE FIRST TO DAVE MANTELL OR DERRICK WONG OR FATIMA BEFORE 12 NOON OF THAT DAY DO NOT EMAIL UNTIL YOU HAVE TALK TO SOMEONE ON THE EXCUTIVE. IF YOU EMAIL AFTER NOON WITH PHONE CONFIRMATION YOUR WILL BE FINED THE NORMAL RATE FOR YOUR DIVISON AND MUST PAY BEFORE START OF YOUR NEXT GAMESS.
Each Division will determine a CHAMPION. There will be NO World Series (Division vs. Division). Play-off format and schedule may vary depending on number of teams and structure in each Division. The schedule will detail play-off format and dates/diamonds. Best TWO (2) of THREE (3) – may be changed subject to League Executive decision. In ALL play-off series, the team with the HIGHER League Standing will have the choice of FIRST game HOME/VISITOR decision. Each subsequent game will alternate the HOME/VISITOR decision. The HOME team, for each game MUST supply TWO (2) “NEW” balls. The team with the HIGHER League Standing MUST place bases for ALL play-off games, in the series (both SEMI and FINAL).
TIE BREAKING FORMULA:
If teams in League Standings are tied in points:
1. MOST WINS;
2. LEAST LOSSES;
3. RECORD AGAINST EACH OTHER DURING SEASONY;
4. BEST Plus/Minus RUNS IN GAMES with TIED TEAMS;
5. MOST RUNS SCORED IN GAMES with TIED TEAMS;
6. LEAST RUNS ALLOWED IN GAMES WITH TIED TEAMS;
7. ONE (1) Game Play-Down (1st or elimination from play-offs);
8. Flip of Coin (2nd; 3rd; 4th)
IN PLAY-OFFS (SEMI and FINAL SERIES), “ALL TEAMS MUST BE PREPARED TO PLAY, ANY NIGHT OF THE WEEK, REGARDLESS OF THE NIGHTS, THAT YOU USUALLY PLAYED DURING THE SEASON”. THIS MUST AND WILL BE ENFORCED, SO ADVISE YOUR PLAYERS, BEFORE THE PLAY-OFFS.
TIME LIMIT (70 minutes – No New Inning after 65 Minutes) AND MERCY RULE WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR ALL “SEMI-FINAL” GAMES. ANY “SUSPENDED” GAME WILL CONTINUE FROM WHERE HALTED (SCORE/OUTS/LINE-UP). IF MORE THAN FOUR (4) INNINGS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED; OTHERWISE GAME IS TO BE RE-PLAYED AS NEW GAME.
MERCY RULE WILL BE IN EFFECT (75 minutes – No New Inning after 70 Minutes) TIME LIMIT IN ALL “FINAL”. ANY GAME WITH LESS THAN FOUR (4) COMPLETE INNINGS WILL BE RE-PLAYED (AS A NEW GAME). ALL GAMES WITH FOUR (4) COMPLETE INNINGS OR MORE WILL CONTINUE FROM WHERE HALTED (SCORE/OUTS/LINE-UP). ALL PLAY-OFF GAMES “MUST” BE PLAYED TO A WINNER. –NO TIES **
In a “TIE” game, the International Tie-Breaker will be in effect.
PLAY-OFF CHAMPION: Championship Team Individual
PLAY-OFF FINALIST: Individual Player Awards